About Dr James Ng

James Ng was born Ng Tak Ming in 1936 in Wing Loong Village, Taishan county, Guangdong.

In 1941 James came to New Zealand with his mother Tso Liu Oi and brother.  With the Japanese about to invade Taishan, they fled to Hong Kong, then to Gore, New Zealand, where James’ father Ng Eng Kwong was a laundryman with his eldest son.

The family moved in 1946 to a laundry in Ashburton, where village relations were in a market garden.

James attended Ashburton High School and the University of Otago, where he studied medicine.  During this course of study he researched blood pressure differences between Chinese and European people.
After hospital training and a period of research, James went into private practice as a GP at Roslyn, Dunedin. Between 1993-99 he completed his book Windows on a Chinese Past.

James and his wife Eva Wong Hing raised three children: a nurse-B.Arts, Opthalmologist and a business consultant.


Community service

James played an active part at senior level in community roles including national executive member and editor in the NZ Medical Association, President of the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Convenor, Community Trust Otago grants committee, Chairman Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust, Creative NZ Council, PM’s Honours Review Committee, Chairman Nurses
Memorial Fund, Chairman Dunedin Chinese Garden, Otago Medical Research Foundation, Asia 2000 Foundation, Session Clerk, Dunedin Chinese Presbyterian Church.

James has been awarded the MBE, CNZM, D.Litt (Otago), Medal of the Dominican Order, Paul Harris Fellow, Seyip Cantonese Association Citation.

In 2004 he purchased the site of the Lawrence Chinese Camp and established the Lawrence Chinese Camp Charitable Trust.  James became the Trust’s Chairperson, stepping down in 2017 after the purchase and transfer of the joss house.  Adrienne Shaw was elected Chair, to lead the next phase in the restoration and protection of the camp, and developing it as a destination for local, national and international visitors interested in seeing and learning about this historic site.

James and Eva continue to be very supportive of the Lawrence Chinese Camp.